21 Dec 2008

Crisis talks on Somalia

7:11 pm on 21 December 2008

Ethiopia is hosting a series of talks on the deepening crisis in its neighbour, Somalia.

Foreign ministers from east Africa are meeting in the capital, Addis Ababa, to be followed by talks by the African Union's peace and security council.

The emergency meetings come after Ethiopia decided to withdraw its troops from Somalia by the end of December.

Islamist insurgents are gaining ground again after Ethiopia intervened two years ago to help government forces.

Different Islamist groups now control much of southern Somalia once more.

The Ethiopian troops and forces loyal to the interim Somali government are limited to parts of Mogadishu and the central town of Baidoa, where parliament is based.